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Nigel Coutts

Finding a new paradise for education in times of chaos - The Learner's Way - 4 views

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    Through any lens schools are complex places. A melting pot of human, social, political, economic, technological, physical and philosophical tensions. At once the stronghold of our cultural traditions and facilitators of our future wellbeing, schools serve as pillars of stability constructed at the event horizon between our now and our tomorrow. Perhaps at this point in time more than ever is this tension between the role that schools play in indoctrinating our youth into the ways of society at odds with the imperative to prepare them for their futures.
Nigel Coutts

On the path to creativity - The Learner's Way - 10 views

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    The difficulty with creativity is it is not easy and perhaps thanks to our experience of schooling not a natural attribute of many adults. What creativity needs is a process and/or a structure that allows us to bring our intellect to the development of creative solutions.
Nigel Coutts

Creativity is a beautiful, messy chaotic thing - The Learner's Way - 8 views

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    Creativity is often said to be the key to the future. The essentially human attribute that will ensure our utility in a world dominated by automation. It is said to be an essential ingredient in education but it will not be truly learned unless we provide students with opportunities to dive fully into its waters. 
Nigel Coutts

The right conditions for creativity - The Learner's Way - 16 views

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    Understanding and identifying the barriers to creativity and the conditions which are essential for it to thrive is an important step in the process of ensuring our students leave school with a capacity for creativity at least equal to that which they arrive with.
Paul Beaufait

Educational Malpractice - The Child Manufacturing Process | Creative by Nature - 13 views

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    "[I]f the learner-centered model has proven itself to be so effective, and the high-stakes testing approach of the factory model has not, why is this model still dominant in many "leading" nations around the world? Why are so many business and government leaders in nations like the United States, Japan, Britain and Korea obsessed with test scores and international rankings? Are they not aware of the social consequences of this approach?" (¶10, 2015.03.30)
lostchocobo

Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | MindShift - 22 views

  • 1. DESKS
  • 2. LANGUAGE LABS
  • 3. COMPUTERS
    • Doug Saunders
       
      Computers? How so?
Steve Ransom

Talentism: My Son Won't Do His Homework - 28 views

  • Every employer I know of (and I would assume that you are no exception Colin) wants engaged employees who are passionate about their jobs. Most employers do not want employees who hate their work but persist through it anyway. It is a fallacy to believe that we are teaching our kids that the heart of innovative capability (and therefore their future job prospects) is best served by doing something you hate for an extended period of time no matter the consequences.
  • But I have to focus on what will get them work, even if that will hurt them, society, the companies that hire them and everyone around them.
  • "Why are you so convinced that my son is going to be an academic or an investment banker?" Because as far as I can tell, those are the only two things that schools prepare kids to be.
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  • and that the stuff that he loves (art and music and video games) will be a great future for him and the stuff he hates (math and science) is something he will never compete in, never have a chance at.
  • But school doesn’t care, because school does not have the objective of helping my son produce the maximum amount of value in the future that he will probably encounter. School cares about ensuring that he knows how to take tests, follow directions and can do math that he will never have to care about for the rest of his life.
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    Most employers do not want employees who hate their work but persist through it anyway. It is a fallacy to believe that we are teaching our kids that the heart of innovative capability (and therefore their future job prospects) is best served by doing something you hate for an extended period of time no matter the consequences.
Steve Ransom

What Is Innovation Day and Why Should You Care? - 32 views

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    Love it... should be more than a single day, of course.
Cathy Oxley

The Genius in You - The Seven Leonardo da Vinci Principles - 78 views

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    I thouroughly agree with these principles..It looks interesting .
Jose Paulo Santos

Creativity in Education: An Evening with Sir Ken Robinson - Planet Blog - PrometheanPlanet - 54 views

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    Recently, I had the honour and privilege of attending "An Evening with Sir Ken Robinson", which was organised by Learning without Frontiers and supported by Promethean. A mid-week event on a school night would usually be a tall order for many teachers to attend, yet the large auditorium was full to capacity and, as Sir Ken started speaking, I immediately knew that this would be an evening of inspiration and forward thinking, which indeed it was!
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    Please, read and comment. Are you 'teaching creatively' or 'teaching for creativity'?
Marge Runkle

750 Words - 45 views

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    A place to write everyday. You can't write well unless you practice. Here is a place to practice online.
mbarek Akaddar

UJAM - 17 views

  • UJAM is a cloud-based platform that empowers everybody to easily create new music or enhance their existing musical talent and share it with friends.
Martin Burrett

blender.org - Home - 38 views

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    Blender is a superb open source professional 3D animation program. Download and make cartoons that what make Pixar proud in no time. Addition free download may be required when prompted. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Video,+animation,+film+&+Webcams
Martin Burrett

Oneword - Writing stimulus - 0 views

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    You'll see one word at the top of the fol­low­ing screen. You have sixty sec­onds to write about it.
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    A great way for children to learn the art of story openings. They have 1 minute to write from a one word stimulus. The site asks for a name & email. I usually just cut and paste the work into Word instead. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English
Caroline Roche

Professor Stephen Papert's site - 41 views

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    A site from the far-seeing and creative Stephen Papert, with all the work he has done on computers and creativity for many years.
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